Saturday 27 May 2017

Donald and Melania Trump won't be watching this year's Oscars

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump stand together during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump stand together during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives at the East Room of the White House prior to a joint news conference February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Melania Trump stand together during a campaign rally at the AeroMod International hangar at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. President Trump is holding his rally as he continues to try to push his agenda through in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrrive at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives at the East Room of the White House prior to a joint news conference February 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks for the first time since Trump took office on January 20. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US First Lady Melania Trump listens as her husband, US President Donald Trump addresses a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017 / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait to greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the South Portico of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump won't be watching the Oscars this Sunday.

While approximately one billion people around the world tune in to see the biggest annual celebration in Hollywood, the Trumps will be changing the channel.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the couple will be hosting the Governors' Ball that night in Mrs Trumps' first official act as first lady.

"I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions, and I've got to be honest with you, I think the president will be hosting the Governors' Ball that night," he told reporters when asked about the president's plans to watch.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait to greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the South Portico of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wait to greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the South Portico of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

"Mrs. Trump looks forward to putting on a phenomenal event. And the first lady's put a lot of time into this event, in welcoming our nation's governors to the capital, and I have a feeling that's where the president and first lady are going to be focused on Sunday night."

Trump waged war on Hollywood early on in his campaign and most recently, he attacked Meryl Streep, the most decorated actress in modern film, for being "overrated" after she gave an unflattering speech about him at the Golden Globes.

Much of 2017's awards season has been politically charged in speeches, performances and monologues and the Academy Awards is expected to be no different.

Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump prepare to step off of Air Force One as they arrive in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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